Child care can be a place where children learn how to live a healthy, active life that includes eating fruits and vegetables at every meal, not watching TV, and getting plenty of activity every day.
Resources that address both Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
- Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs, is a new set of national nutrition, physical activity and screen time standards based on emerging research, evidence-based findings, and expert consensus. It is a pre-release of a set of standards from Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards, Third Edition, a definitive source of published standards for child care settings.
- Addressing Obesity in the Child Care Setting - Many states are targeting nutrition, physical activity, screen time, and/or breastfeeding in child care settings through regulations, and policies. Learn more about programs from New York, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
- Let’s Move Child Care Goals provide many resources including detailed checklists for child care providers to use to assess their program relative to:
physical activity , screen time , food , beverages , and infant feeding/breastfeeding .
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) is a simple tool to enhance nutrition and physical activity policies in child care programs. Elements include a self-assessment completed by the child care setting, action planning, and workshops.
- Parent/Teacher Resources provide simple tips to help children eat better and be more active.
- Breastfeeding and Child Care
- Preventing Obesity: Breastfeeding Support in Child Care
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
- Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Resource Kit
Breastfeeding Resources for Families
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses programs, child care centers, family child care, and after-school programs for nutritious meals and snacks served to children.
- Healthy Recipes and Cooking - including the Fruit and Veggie Quantity Cookbook.
- The Child Care Food Program Wellness Tool Kit focuses on innovative and effective CACFP best practices and strategies for implementing good nutrition and physical activity policies and standards at the state and local level. It includes model wellness policies, best practice models, tools for assessing child care settings, and nutrition and physical activity resources such as newsletters and fact sheets.
Physical Activity Resources
- I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) proactivly addresses childhood obesity in child care through increased physical activity every day and improved quality of movement.
- The Motion Moments videos show a few simple ways to weave physical activity into early care and education programs (child care centers or family child care homes) working with infants, toddlers or preschoolers.
- Physical Play Every Day brochures provide fun ways to keep children (6 months to 5 years) active. Available in English and Spanish.
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